The Buffalo Bills play professional football in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). It may be the most competitive and toughest division in the National Football League. The Miami Dolphins, an improving team, call this division home as do the New York Jets, a squad that has given up fewer points on defense than any other team in the entire league.
The East Division is also where the champion New England Patriots play. They have yet to lose a game this season and are in first place with a 7-0 record. The Patriots are the class of the division and of the league, as well. The Dolphins and Jets are improving squads that may soon be able to mount serious challenges to the reigning champs.
Add to this mix the Buffalo Bills, a team that once found itself in the top echelon of all NFL teams, but has been a “bottom-feeder” for well over a decade. Poor quarterback play, poor coaching, poor draft picks – you name it – there have been lots of reasons for the continuously sub-par performances by this team from western New York.
And yet, after last season ended badly, Bills management made changes. Rex Ryan the league’s best-known defensive guru, was hired as Head Coach. Solid draft picks were made that the team’s general manager hoped would help to improve an already potent defense and a developing offense.
The Bills even signed quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a free agent with limited playing experience, to back-up starting quarterback EJ Manuel. Surprisingly, Taylor outperformed Manuel in pre-season and won the starting job. And his play early in the new 2015-2016 Season helped launch the Bills to a good start.
It should come as no shock to anyone who follows professional football to learn that Taylor has performed well. At 6’1” tall and weighing a streamlined two hundred fifteen pounds, this former standout starting quarterback for Virginia Tech University had the background and pedigree to do well. He just needed a chance.
Taylor, who had been drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft by the Baltimore Ravens (he was Pick #180) never really got much chance with Baltimore, but Rex Ryan’s Bills saw promise in his game and gave him a three year contract.
He hasn’t disappointed. In fact, Taylor, who once was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year in 2010 and the ACC MVP in that conference’s Championship Game in 2009 and again in 2010, began “turning heads” the moment he started taking snaps for his new team.
Taylor showed his promise in the first game he ever started. That was the season opener earlier this year and it was played against the dangerous Indianapolis Colts, a team led by quarterback Andrew Luck. Tyrod Taylor surprised the Colts and the football world, as well, by leading the underdog Bills to an improbable 27-14 victory.
Taylor continued his “magic” in the next couple of games and actually produced two more victories before “going down” with an injury. EJ Manuel replaced Taylor last week and the Bills lost a game they had been picked to win.
Tyrod Taylor impressed his coaches and the team’s fans with his on-field performances. It seems likely that he will get his job back when he is ready to resume playing.
Courtesy of Rant Sports